With the minor league season half over, the New York Mets have promoted a slew of players in their farm system over the past few days, including some of their top prospects. One such player is infielder Matt Reynolds, who was promoted from double-A to triple-A after a breakout performance during the first half of the season which has made him a prospect to watch.
Reynolds was drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft with an extra pick they received from the Miami Marlins after they failed to re-sign Jose Reyes. At the time it was an odd pick, as Reynolds was a low-ceiling, high-floor player who was projected to become at least a major league utility player but not necessarily much else.
During his first two seasons, he struggled offensively to the point where it seemed that he would never reach the majors, not even in a utility role. However, he has exploded offensively in 2014, hitting .355/.430/.422 in double-A over the first half of the season. He’s been particularly impressive during the month of June, hitting .390/.409/.463 before being promoted to triple-A.
What makes Reynolds an intriguing prospect after his offensive awakening this season is he that he’s played shortstop throughout his minor league career, which has been a real problem area for the Mets. With both Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores both continuing to underwhelm, it sets up the possibility of Reynolds getting an audition as the Mets shortstop late in the season if he keeps hitting at triple-A. Although he’s not known as a great defensive shortstop, that hasn’t stopped the Mets from giving Flores a chance to play shortstop so it likely wouldn’t get in the way of Reynolds getting a chance.
Reynolds could also be an option to play second base for the Mets in the event that the team trades Daniel Murphy before the trade deadline or during the offseason, which is a distinct possibility. Of course, the Mets will need Reynolds to keep hitting, show more power and prove he can be a competent defensive player at either middle infield position. But he’s had a breakout season offensively and made a quick ascent to triple-A, and now that he’s there he’s certainly a prospect to watch.